Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June17_GamesBoth my husband and I like board games. Since we are both from Europe, we prefer European board games - The Settlers of Catan is my favorite, but we have very many different ones. Of course, they are way too early for Anna, so we started trying toddler board games with her. Hi-Ho Cheery-O was a short-lived hit, but Chutes and Ladders proved to be too long and too confusing. So one day my husband sat at the kitchen table and in ten minutes created a board game for our daughter. We play it together as a family every day now, and everyone has a blast. The game is played with a six-sized dice and with wooden game pieces. There is a musical square - you are supposed to sing a song if you end up there. There are a lot of squares that involve move backward or forward. There is also "hug kitty" square - Anna has a favorite toy and she is very excited when kitty (who sits on the table during the game) gets a hug. And there is a square that requires kissing a player on your right or on your left. It's simple, but it enforces a lot of concepts - left and right, backward and forward, taking turns, following directions, etc. And the best part is in the end - the winner gets a piece of chocolate and shares it with other players :)

We also play word games when we are in the car. Because ABC and 123 has "G-related" activities planned, we picked sound guh yesterday. I asked Anna to come up with some words that start with this sound. She volunteered guitar, goat, guest and get, then said that she wants to guess now (of course, at this point I pointed out to her that guess starts with sound guh too). When we play a guessing game, it's almost like a crossword. I tell her something about the target word, and she is trying to guess what it is. For example, an animal who lives in a jungle, likes bananas, and also lives in a zoo sometimes - gorilla. Someone who comes during Halloween, says Boo! and not real - ghost. Anna really has fun with this game, and I think it extended her vocabulary significantly.

8 comments:

Keri said...

hi- cute post! i am a HUGE game fan! love how your husband created a game- so creative!!
You left a comment on my blog (thehometeacher.blogspot.com) and i have to ask you a couple questions-
how did you choose the order to teach the alphabet?? i am SO confused about this... do I start with letters she already knows? or letters of her name? ANY advice would be very, very welcome!!!! :)
also- thanks for the comment about lowercase alphabet letters- i will make sure that i teach her both upper/lower case at the same time...
PLEASE email me any suggestions!!!! :)
thehometeacher@blogspot.com

Keri said...

SORRY!! email is
thehometeacherblog@gmail.com
thanks for any help!!! it looks like you know what you are doing!

Diana said...

We love Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne at our house. I love your homemade board game, too. Thanks for the fun idea.

Roo said...

What a great idea! My 5 year old loves board games, but my 2 year old just doesn't get the concept yet. Making our own game might keep him more interested and we would be able to work on the concepts he is working on.

Lona said...

Great game! Using a colored dice, with cards to select of different colors and each with a different direction would be good too.

For the alphabet, start with what interests your child. Their name, their friends' names, and the like. Point out those letters and the sounds in other things of interest, like on a menu when you eat out. You can also work in the sounds just in play. If you're examining a bug in the yard, you can work in /b/ for bug and /i/ for insect.

Most print is in lowercase print. When you model writing their name, use a capital for only the first letter. They will follow your modeling.

Autumn said...

What a great idea! I'll have to try that with Tommy!

I love Carcassonne too. :)

Mika said...

I love Settlers of Catan. Love love love. And the Seafarers expansion pack. And Carcassonne.
Little boy has not expressed much interest in board games yet... but he will. The game you made is really cute - maybe I should try something like that with him.

MaryAnne said...

This game looks really cute, I especially love the way you have it end!